Dear Practice Friends,
I said goodbye to an old friend on December 31st: my VW Beetle. I confess to feeling really sentimental during the drive to the Mini Dealer in Cincinnati to do the trade in. I got my bug eleven years ago, shortly after I started teaching Pilates, so it has been with me throughout my fitness career. It’s presence in the parking lot at Lamplighter Square – in early mornings, late evenings and weekends – has been remembered fondly by many of you who have said time and again, “I was thinking of you the other day because I saw your bug in the lot on my way to _______. Do you ever leave the studio?”
As much as a person can love an object that can’t love back, I loved this bug. I was hoping to keep it at least two more years (it’s 15 years old), but the truth is, I spent almost four times it’s blue book value on repairs in 2014. I have known for more than a year that the next car I wanted to get was a Cooper, but when it actually became evident that I needed to procure one, I found myself putting on the brakes (pun unavoidable, sorry). Even after a trip to the dealer to see the rows of shiny new Mini’s, and even with the blessings of both my girlfriend, Deb, and my accountant, I still dragged my feet. Why?
|Deb says, “Seize the day, man!”
The answer to that question is the same as the one we all face when thinking about New Year’s resolutions, and it has to do with the dynamics of change. In order to make a change in our bodies, our relationships, our work, or even our attitude, two things have to happen: you have to let go of the old and you have embrace the new.
For anyone who has ever tried to keep their New Year’s resolution, you might agree that this is easy to say, but not always easy to practice. In the cases of diet and exercise we might get wowed by the advertising for a new fitness trend, the latest version of P90X or something like it, on TV. We see images of people who have made amazing body transformations and we begin to see that maybe we could do that too, and we can even visualize what it looks and feels like to be fit and lean and bursting with energy. We see the new, we buy the new, and four weeks after we start we find ourselves entrenched back in the old. Why?
I would suggest it’s because we either forgot to, or didn’t really want to, let go of our attachment to the old way of being. Old habits, even when they are clearly no longer working for us, are nevertheless known, whereas the new is, by it’s very nature, unknown, and the unknown is scary. To this end it’s prudent to retain a foothold in the old ways of being for a time. Like rock climbing, you want to make sure you’ve got three familiar contact points before you put weight into the new step. But in time, to advance into the new life habit, you have to say goodbye to the outdated one.
To save yourself a lot of anxiety and frustration with yourself and whatever program you are pursuing with diet and exercise, take a moment to ask yourself, “Am I really ready to be finished with this old life habit? Has it exhausted it’s usefulness? Is it providing me with short term gratification while secretly robbing me of long term life satisfaction?” If you can say yes to these questions, then you are ready for change; congrats! Consider saying goodbye as a fond farewell, because there was a time when the old way of being worked really well for you; it was a dear friend.
The next step is to make a plan, something I will talk about in next month’s newsletter. By then you will have either gotten your plan together and are well on your way to successfully achieving your goal (in which case you can skip next month’s introduction), or you will be ready to begin your planning stage. Either way, have a wonderful January, and good luck with your new beginnings!
Monthly Class Calendar and 2015 Rates
We are happy to announce 2014 pricing will remain the same for 2015. We will include a new price sheet in next month’s newsletter. Hard copies will be available at the studio by Jan 10th.
No Changes for January, yay!
Welcome to Practice!
A warm welcome goes out to our newest members of the Practice community, who started with us in December:
We are thrilled to have you with us. Welcome aboard!
Have a Conscious Day
My friend Priscilla Loba, a practicing psychologist and entrepreneur, has trademarked the brand name, “Have a Conscious Day,” and is selling apparel with some great graphic designs that I want to share with you. From Priscilla:
“The trademarked quote is simply a gentle reminder for us to live as awake and aware as we can, to help raise our consciousness as a way to support each other and our planet.”
Prices for the garments above are:
Black pullover: $29.95
Garnet (red) tee-shirt: $16.00
Pink fleece pullover: $34.95.
Alternatively, the graphic designs can be silk-screened onto other styles as well (I.e. hoodies, sweatshirts, etc.) with a varied price range. They can be ordered by calling or texting Priscilla at (937) 361-5965 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Research: How Exercise Changes our DNA
Thanks goes to Joy Karl who sent me the link to this fascinating article from Gretchen Reynolds at NYTimes.com:
“Exercise, a new study finds, changes the shape and functioning of our genes, an important stop on the way to improved health and fitness.”